Christmas around the world: The English Christmas

11.12.13
Nu nærmer julen sig så småt! Her kommer et lille indlæg om den Engelske jul - på engelsk :-) enjoy

In the United Kingdom Christmas decorations are put up in shops and town centres from early November. Many towns and cities have a public event to mark the switching on of Christmas lights. Decorations in people's homes are commonly put up from early December, traditionally including a Christmas tree, cards and lights both inside and outside the home. Christmas decorations are traditionally left up until the evening of 5 January (the night before Epiphany) and it is considered bad luck to have Christmas decorations up after this date. In practice, many Christmas traditions such as the playing of Christmas music largely stop after Christmas Day.

Mince pies are traditionally sold during the festive season, and are a popular food for Christmas celebrations. It is common in many UK households for children to put up advent calendars in their homes, which may either contain chocolates or Christmas scenes behind their doors. A common feature of the Christmas season is the Nativity play which is practiced in most primary and some secondary schools across the UK, this practice is becoming less common, and Christmas pantomimes may be performed instead. Midnight Mass is also celebrated by Anglicans, Catholics and other denominations and services take place in nearly all Church of England parishes on Christmas Eve

 

 

A very English dish for Christmas

Christmas pudding is a type of Pudding traditionally served on Christmas Day (December 25) as part of the Christmas Dinner. It has its origins in medieval England, and is sometimes known as plum pudding or Christmas Pudding or just "pud", though this can also refer to other kinds of boiled pudding involving dried fruit. Despite the name "plum pudding," the pudding contains no actual plums due to the pre-Victorian use of the word "Plums" as a term for raisins. The pudding is composed of many dried fruits and is held together by egg and suet, sometimes moistened by treacle or moplasses. Also, flavoured with vinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and other spices. The pudding is aged for a month or even a year. It can age for a long time because it has so much alcohol in it, it never spoils.

           

 

                        

                                          

 

 

 

 

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